This is a three-day extended weekend event, combining drives on scenic backroads, visits to three wineries and two joint dinners.
This year the Walla Walla Wine Tour is heading to the western border of Walla Walla and the Palouse.
On Friday, the tour starts at the Rowena Crest Viewpoint, takes curvy backroads to Condon and Heppner, and finally reaches Richland, where we stay at the Lodge at Columbia Point. Friday evening, we will have a joint dinner at the Lodge at Columbia Point.
On Saturday, the morning drive leads us through scenic Palouse to the Lyons Ferry State Park at the confluence of the Snake and Palouse rivers. After a rest stop, we will head to the Red Mountain AVA. We will have combined lunch and wine tasting at the fist winery in Richland, followed by two more wineries in the Red Mountain AVA, including a wagon ride. Saturday evening we will have a joint dinner at a restaurant in walking distance to the hotel.
Sunday, we drive back on scenic backroads, through the Red Mountain area, up the Columbia Plateau, through Bickleton and then a lunch stop in Goldendale. After lunch we drive along the Klickitat River to Lyle and on to Hood River where the tour ends.
Day 1, Friday 5/19/23: we will meet at the Rowena Crest Viewpoint above Mosier at 9am, Safety Meeting at 9:15am, Departure at 9:30am. The route leads through Wasco, Cottonwood Canyon to Condon, for a lunch stop at “The Drive-In”.
After lunch the route takes us on very scenic back roads to Heppner, Pine City, Hermiston, along the Columbia River to Richland for the check in into the Lodge at Columbia Point.
Friday evening we have dinner at 6:30pm at the hotel in a seperate room for us.
Day 2, Saturday 5/20/23: After breakfast at the hotel, we meet at 9am for a morning drive through the Palouse to Lyons Ferry Park at the conjunction of the Palouse and Snake River for a scenic rest stop. Then we loop back on the north side of the Snake River to Richland for lunch and wine tasting at Bernard Griffin.
Please note that the official tour segment for Saturday with PCA Insurance coverage ends at the first winery. All drives after the first winery on Saturday are private drives. Please drink and drive responsibly.
The final winery visit will lead us to Frichette. Great wines of this upstart winery and a great setting on their patio overlooking the Red Mountain AVA.
After the last wine tasting we return back to the Lodge at Columbia Point. You may take a break and refresh at the hotel, or you may make another winery stop on your way back. Make sure to call ahead and make reservations.
At 6:30pm we have dinner at LuLu Craft Bar in walking distance to the hotel. We will have a private room.
Day 3, Sunday 5/21/23: After Breakfast at the hotel we meet at 9:30am for the safety meeting and then depart at 10am. The route leads us out of Richland, through the Red Mountain AVA to Mabton, then through Bickleton (the Bluebird Capital of the World) to Goldendale for a lunch stop. After lunch we drive through the Klickitat Canyon and reach the Columbia at Lyle, then head west along the river to the end point of this years tour at the Hood River Bridge.
The price of the tour is $120 per participant.
Space is limited 24 participants. This will be a special small group event. Your hosts know the region very well and this tour is limited in size to keep it friendly and inclusive.
We made reservations for 15 rooms at the Lodge at Columbia Point. Ask for the “Oregon Porsche Club” rate, book before 4/1/23. The Lodge at Columbia Point in Richland, Phone: (509) 713-7423.
You will get an email with the driving directions (PDF and Scenic Navigation App) directions by Tuesday 5/17/23.
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